Thales and Google Cloud today announced a strategic agreement to jointly develop a sovereign hyperscale cloud offering for France. Operated by a joint venture with Thales as the majority shareholder, it will meet the French criteria for cloud reliability.
With this new offering, French companies and public sector organizations will be able to take advantage of all the benefits, security, flexibility, agility and sovereignty offered by the respective technologies of both companies.
Thales and Google Cloud offer meets the strictest legal and technical requirements for cloud reliability (Trusted Cloud) and, thanks to this, public and private sector organizations that must meet the criteria established by the National Security Agency of French Information Systems (ANSSI) 2 will be able to take advantage of cloud computing services, in accordance with the country’s sovereign cloud strategy.
Thales and Google Cloud’s combined offering brings together the most advanced technologies and services from each partner. The Google Cloud services, which will be refined and complemented with new innovations periodically, will provide elasticity, agility and technological openness, so that companies can innovate in a transparent and autonomous way, without depending on suppliers.
Thales, a leader in cybersecurity for more than 40 years, will provide the necessary guarantees of compliance with the sovereignty requirements of France by guaranteeing the management of encryption keys, access, identities and monitoring of cyber threats from its Cybersecurity Operations Center. In this way, Thales will guarantee the levels of trust and security that French customers need to be able to move their most important applications to the cloud, without compromising control.
French companies and public sector institutions will be able to take advantage of a suite of hyperscale cloud services that will be:
– managed by a recently created specialized company majority owned by Thales, in accordance with the requirements of French law;
– hosted in France, within a separate infrastructure from Google Cloud, with an independent network and servers, controlled and operated by the new company;
– technically assisted locally by the new company, ensuring that customer service is handled in France;
– protected locally, with identity management, data encryption, administration and supervision by the new company;
– refined on a regular basis with continuous software updates that are evaluated and validated in a security test environment managed by Thales;
– managed from a sustainably developed infrastructure.
” To accommodate the most diverse cloud needs of our customers, Thales offers a wide range of options with partners in its ecosystem. Through this unique collaboration with Google Cloud, we will be able to help drive digital transformation for the benefit of organizations of all ages. sizes and industries that want to maintain control and sovereignty over their data and those of their customers.
Together we will meet the criteria defined by the government to ensure a reliable cloud, as well as environmental objectives, thanks to a sustainable methodology in relation to the infrastructure we will build, “explained Marc Darmon, Thales Executive Vice President of Secure Communications and Information Systems.
” Thales and Google Cloud share the vision of offering the most innovative and reliable solutions to companies and public sector organizations in France. Our methodology to address the concerns of French citizens and government bodies, in particular the development of a new company , ensures that organizations can take advantage of the innovation and agility of the cloud, without compromising the security, privacy and sovereignty required by the French government, “said Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud.
” The government’s national cloud strategy clearly establishes the state’s willingness to use and promote reliable, high-performance cloud offerings. The challenge is to have the widest possible range of solutions that comply with the SecNumCloud repository, which spells out the rules of technical, operational and legal security to effectively protect data and processes hosted on a cloud service. Therefore, ANSSI warmly welcomes this ambitious project that meets these criteria, “added Guillaume Poupard, CEO of the French National Agency for Information Systems Security (ANSSI).
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